Community Development

Community Development
Christy Madden
(805) 654-2679

CDBG, HOME, ESG, Continuum of Care, and Business and Economic Development

Community Development staff is dedicated to serving the diverse needs of Ventura County residents, primarily those with lower incomes, to meet the unmet needs for affordable and supportive housing, community development programs, social service programs and economic development opportunities.

We achieve this through a variety of projects and programs:

Thomas Fire: Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery Funding

The State of California Department of Housing and Community Development (HCD) is hosting a public hearing on December 5, 2018 from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the City of Ventura Council Chambers, 501 Poli Street, 2nd Floor, Ventura, CA to discuss the Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) program funding allocated to the recovery efforts associated with the Thomas Fire. Please see the flyers linked below (English and Spanish) for more information. Additional information may be viewed on HCD’s website:

English | Spanish

Informational Materials from the Renters’ Rights Workshop held on 12/27/2017:

Administration of three U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) grant programs – Staff must maintain the County’s qualification to receive annual CDBG, HOME, and ESG entitlement funds. The County’s Entitlement Area consists of the cities of Fillmore, Moorpark, Ojai, Port Hueneme, Santa Paula, and the unincorporated area of the County of Ventura. Staff works closely with the cooperating cities in planning the use of these funds. Staff also works with County residents (principally those with low or moderate incomes) to assess local needs, and plan and implement projects and programs to meet those needs. Click on the link on the menu for “HUD Grants” to learn more about these programs and funding opportunities.

Administration of the HUD Ventura County Continuum of Care grant program – Please visit HUD Grants to learn more about homeless programs and funding opportunities, including the CoC Program and NOFA.

Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program – The MCC entitles a buyer to take a federal income tax credit of twenty percent (20%) of the annual interest paid on their home mortgage for the life of the loan. Because the MCC reduces federal income taxes and increases the buyer’s net earnings, it is a great help in qualifying for a first home mortgage. Visit GSFA’s Website and/or CalHFA’s Website to learn more and apply for Mortgage Credit Certificate Programs.

Piru Redevelopment Area – The Piru Redevelopment Project was established in response to the Northridge earthquake and a continuing series of aftershocks that struck the area in January 1994. On December 29, 2011 the California State Supreme Court upheld ABx1 26 which dissolved all redevelopment agencies in the state of California, effective February 1, 2012.
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Special Projects – Farmworker Housing, 10-Year Plan to End Homelessness, Housing Trust Fund

Please contact the following staff regarding these programs:

HUD Program Manager and Special Projects
Christy Madden | 805.654.2679 |

Homeless Grants Management: ESG and Continuum of Care
Tara Carruth | 805.654.3838 |

HOME and NSP, and HUD Plans Development
Tracy McAulay | 805.662.6792 |

CDBG, IDIS, Regulatory Compliance Monitoring, and Piru RDA Successor Agency
Mary Ann Guariento | 805.654.2852 |

For questions regarding CDBG projects within the following cities:
City Contact Number Email
Fillmore Michael McGivney 805-524-1500
Moorpark Jessica Sandifer 805-517-6230
Ojai Andrea Mackey 805-646-5581 x209
Port Hueneme Jennifer Arriola 805-986-6552
Santa Paula Elisabeth Paniagua 805-525-0626

NOTE: As a convenience to our visitors, this page may contain links to external websites that are not managed or controlled by the County of Ventura.